For todays artist gear setup we get to take a look inside the travel bag of veteran DJ/producer, Danny Tenaglia. The New York based DJ started collecting records at 10 years old and in 1979 got his first taste of no boundaries mixing when he heard DJ Larry Levan's genre-less mixing at Paradise Garage. A longtime vinyl advocate, he has now switched to DJing Traktor Pro 2. See what's in Danny Tenaglia's bag after the jump.
Since the 90s DJs have been running analog synths and drum machines alongside their DJ sets. This concept is still alive and relevant today. How did DJs keep the drum machines in sync with their set? Today Ean Golden shares 3 ways to sync up drum machines like the Roland TR-8 in your DJ set. Whether it’s with CDJs, Serato, Traktor, you’ll be able to sync up a drum machine with your DJ set and have them sound good together.
Pioneer CDJs are the industry standard found in DJ booths and on festival stages around the world. Although they're industry standard we noticed that there aren't many great tutorials out there showing how to get more out of the CDJs. So DJ TechTools reached out to a couple CDJ pros, DJ Ravine and Cotts who have over X number of views to share some cool tricks that DJs can use the next time they find themselves performing with CDJs. Keep reading for some easy scratching tips and cool ways to use slip mode on the CDJs.
One of the most frequent topics of discussions that pops up on the blog and on the forums is around transitions. With DJ software such as Traktor Pro 2 and Serato DJ, DJs have endless creative tools at their disposal to transition between tracks, even if they're in completely different tempo ranges. Today Matthew Ray shares a cool transition trick that can be used to seamlessly switch from between different BPMs. Check out the video to see the transition in action.
Since the industry has shifted from traditional beatmatching to an ensemble of MIDI controllers and synced devices, the art of mixing by ear seems to be a thing of the past and thats not ok. In this article, Markos Polydorou will explain some of the benefits of learning how to DJ the traditional way.
Earlier this week we looked at how Traktor DJs can have a plug and play setup with Pioneer CDJs in HID mode. Today Ryan Dejaegher is going to show Serato DJ and Scratch Live DJs how they can use CDJs in HID mode. The control is quite similar between Traktor and Serato but there are some notable differences in the models that are supported and the hardware required.
Following on the popularity of last week's gear setup with Loco Dice, we're bringing you another popular artist gear setup. Today, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland better known as The Crystal Method share their setup and why they travel with this gear. One thing that's notably absent from this current setup is their famous CDJ guitar (DJTT got an up close and personal look at it when we first interviewed the Crystal Method). The Crystal Method has been known to use a variety of gear for their live performances. This setup seems to be focused on portability and is full of gear that can easily fit into any DJ booth and also used on the road.
Amazingly, in just 15 years, we have gone from toting around a crate of 50 records that weighed 60 pounds to carrying five thousands songs on a small stick of gum that weighs a few ounces. Since many DJ's entire set is carried on modern flash drives, is there a difference between them? Which ones are the best for high quality music storage? In today's article, we are going to run down the different types of flash drives on the market and which one's should be considered for Pioneer CDJ's.